The models are ready, dresses are arriving. I am talking about the Wedding Dress Show planned for 2 p.m. June 11 at the Senior Center.

We invite you to bring in yours, your mother's, your wife's or your daughter's wedding dress to be shown in the program. We hope to have wedding dresses from every decade starting in the 1900s.

If you can still wear your dress and would like to model it, we encourage you to do so. If you prefer, we can find someone to model your dress. In my case, my 12-year-old granddaughter will fit my dress better than I do.

If the wedding dress is too delicate to be worn, we will display it. Bring in your wedding picture or other items of interest for the display table. The show will include entertainment and refreshments all in the wedding mode.

Call Patti, 272-3620, and tell her about your dress and wedding items. Make arrangements with Patti to bring in your dress or have it picked up. We need all dresses or arrangements made by Friday.

Understanding depression

Depression is a mood disorder with a wide range of severity, from mild to deep feelings of sadness to devastating despair. Prolonged bouts of depression can be life threatening. Anxiety sometimes is a symptom of depression. Persistent anxiety should be checked by a health care professional. Grief, sadness and normal depression due to loss are normal and are not clinical depression. Depression requires evaluation and treatment.

There are many reasons for depression. Some illnesses bring on depression as they alter the chemical balance of the brain, such as Parkinson's disease, rheumatoid arthritis or stroke. Also, many common drugs can cause depression, such as blood pressure medications, antibiotics, diabetes medications and steroids. Talk to your doctor. Your physician should be able to tell if depression is present.

Here are the most common signs of depression:

1) Prolonged loss of appetite

2) Persistent insomnia or excessive sleep

3) Constant, excessive worrying

Scheduled activities

Thursday: TOPS will meet at 8:30 a.m. Art class will meet at 10 a.m. Ambassador Singers will practice at 1 p.m. Grief Support Group meets from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the library.

Friday: Stretching exercises start at 8:30 a.m. STEPS exercise classes are at 10 and 11 a.m. St. Catherine Hospital will offer a health services nurse to do screenings from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Bridge is played at 1 p.m. A Domino Tournament is planned for 1 p.m. The Senior Citizens Association will meet for the monthly covered dish at 6 p.m. Entertainment will be by the "Classic Three" (Burl Loving, Gary Fuller and John Mesa). All senior citizens in Finney County are invited.

Saturday: The pool room will be open from 1 to 4 p.m.

Sunday: No activities are scheduled.

Monday: Stretching exercises begin at 8:30 a.m. STEPS exercise classes are at 10 and 11 a.m. A health services nurse will do screenings beginning at 10:30 a.m. Humdinger Band will meet at 12:30 p.m. Double pinochle is played at 1 p.m. Finney County Transit Committee meets at 2 p.m. Upbeats will practice at 3 p.m. Duplicate bridge is played at 7 p.m.

Tuesday: Craft Shop Committee meets at 10 a.m. A computer para will be in the computer lab from 10 a.m. to noon. Pitch is played at 12:45 p.m. Duplicate bridge begins at 1:15 p.m. Finney County Committee on Aging will meet at 3:30 p.m. Bridge is played at 7 p.m.

June 10: Foot clinic appointments begin at 8 a.m. (call the Senior Center for an appointment). Line dancing is at 8:30 a.m. (call 272-3620 for more information about this exercise program). Library check-in/out with the Garden City Public Library begins at 10:30 a.m. Pinochle is played at 1 p.m. Life Writing Group will meet at 1 p.m. The Sewing Group meets at 1 p.m. (bring your project and join other "sewers"). A para will be in the computer lab from 1 to 3 p.m. The Senior Citizens Association will host a dance from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. The band playing is "Calhouns." Bring cookies for the break.

Lunch menus

Lunch is served at noon.

Thursday: Roast beef, mashed potatoes with gravy, winter mixed veggies, cake, whole wheat roll.

Friday: Sausage casserole, Corn O'Brien, perfection gelatin salad, blushed pears, whole wheat bread.

Monday: Salisbury steak, baked potato, broccoli, bread pudding, wheat bread.

Tuesday: Baked ham, sweet potato, peas, strawberries and pears, wheat bread.

June 10: Sausage burrito, tater tots, green beans, melon mix, biscuit.

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